I'll be the first one to tell you that I'm not that into the NFL, but when I realized my atlanta team was close to playing in the super bowl - I was suddenly a huge fan. call it bandwagon, call it hometown pride, whatever you want! the next thing I knew, we were having guests over for the big game and I wanted a football field table runner. I saw some cute paper ones that were actually pretty pricey and I figured that making my own would be cuter and lower cost.
I had a vision and started at home depot. home depot, like the usps, is a place that usually makes me feel quite dumb and intimidated. I don't know about the majority of their products and am sure they carry a ton of products that I could really use, but I just never feel comfortable browsing the aisles because I don't know what to look for. I'm also certain it takes me like five times the amount of necessary time to walk to walk out the door with what I need. this time, I knew I was looking for astroturf. I made my way to the huge reams of flooring options and decided on a nice grassy choice. luckily, I struck up a conversation with another customer who was much more familiar with NFL games and advised me to go with a different astroturf option. his recommendation was cheaper, looked cheaper, and was absolutely the right choice since it best resembled a pro football field. when you go to your local home depot, just pick the cheapest astroturf and you'll get the right one!
what you need:
astroturf, cut from hardware store (mine is roughly 1.5ft wide x 6ft long)
sticky felt numbers (I used three sets)
first, separate your numbers and letters to make sure you have enough of what you need. you'll need to spell out 'touchdown' twice and you'll need two 1s, two 2s, two 3s, two fours, one five, and nine zeros. the zeros are the tricky ones, I actually had to buy three packs of felt numbers just to get my last zero (so annoying) and of course, I had to go to three different craft stores to find all three packs. apparently white felt sticky letters and numbers are a hot commodity. I also picked up felt footballs to use in place of 'O's in 'touchdown'.
I started by putting the 'touchdown' letters on first. I realized that the width of my turf wasn't wide enough for all the letters and had to trim the width of these letters in order to get them all to fit, so if you need to do that - don't fret, it was easy. from there, I measured the remaining turf space and divided by ten. using your measurements, mark the spots for yard lines and set your yard line numbers on the turf for placing.
cut each piece of tape for the yard lines individually and long enough so that you can hot glue the ends to the back of the astroturf later. the tape won't stick on its own, so you'll want to stick all the yard lines and numbers on the turf and then turn it over to hot glue the edges of the tape to the back.
there you have it, the perfect table runner for super bowl sunday and college football gamedays! I'm already looking forward to using it next fall.